tv.broadwayworld.com

BWW Interviews: Nigel Lythgoe Reveals Big Changes for New Season of AMERICAN IDOL, Premiering Tonight!

January 16
10:49 2013

He continues, "Each one of the judges I think is looking for something else this year...I think Nicki is looking for an artist. I think Mariah is looking for the complete singer/songwriter. Randy is looking for somebody that sings on pitch, and Keith isn't just looking for a country star. Keith is looking for an instrumentalist, a good singer, and somebody that can capture that sort of magic charisma, if you will, and connect with the public. They all have their own agendas."

As far as celebrity judges and guest mentor appearances Lythgoe reveals, "Jimmy Lovine is coming back and I do want to go back to where we actually used record producers to help the kids. I want to do that again this year and try and give their journey the same journey that they would have had had they had not had this competition but moved in to the music business. The more I can align it to the music business the stronger it is going to be for them and their journey."

BWW Interviews: Nigel Lythgoe Reveals Big Changes for New Season of AMERICAN IDOL, Premiering Tonight!Season 12, contestants will have a lot to live up to if compared to last year's champion Phillip Phillips, whose debut single, 'Home' has soared to the top of the charts. Yet despite that initial success, Lithgoe is reluctant to declare him a bona fide star. "Certainly that song has been one of the biggest but Phillip's still got to prove himself. We can't just sort of jump up and down and go, 'Wow. He's a major star now.' There's a long way to go to be the next Carrie Underwood who's sustained so well, Kelly Clarkson who's sustained so well."

What is the secret to winning American Idol? Lithgoe has his own theory. "It isn't always about the voice," he begins. "It is about charisma, it is about personality, it is about attracting an audience and doing that week on week. If there was an absolute formula to stick to in order to win American Idol we'd have probably found it by now, bottled it, and I'm sure one of the production companies would be selling it but we haven't. It's really what grabs you. Does the story grab you? Does the song of the week grab you? It's a difficult one."

"At the end of the day," he concludes, "when you've got five guys and five girls... it's anybody's game at that stage."

The two night season premiere of American Idol kicks off on Wednesday, January 16th with auditions in New York and Thursday, January 17th with auditions in Chicago both beginning at 8/7c on Fox.

"Like" American Idol on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol.

Photos courtesy of FOX

Related




About Author

   Subscribe to Author Alerts
Caryn Robbins Caryn Robbins is a daily theater contributor to BroadwayWorld, and Managing Editor of BWW's TV, Film and Music spin-off sites. Her original musical comedy DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT (follow @DearStudent) has been staged in two NYC theater festivals and was performed as an Equity Staged Reading in New York City in 2015. This June DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT won 'Best Ensemble Show' in Chicago's Premier Premieres Festival. Follow Caryn on Twitter @CarynRobbins
  • From DEAR EVAN HANSEN to INTO THE WOODS... Sing Along with the Talented Cast of PITCH PERFECT!
  • VIDEO: BWW Celebrates the Musical Talent of TV & Stage Legend Florence Henderson
  • VIDEO: Watch All the Performances from MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE!
  • Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Mitchell Talk NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reveal Details on Lake, Winokur Cameos!
  • Dove Cameron, Maddie Baillio & More Participate in Today's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Press Call
  • HAIRSPRAY LIVE! to Close with Special Original Duet from Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson!
  • VIDEO: First Look - Sutton Foster & Christian Borle in Netflix's GILMORE GIRLS Reboot
  • Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Trailer Smashes Viewing Records!


  • TV VIDEOS


    BWW Review: MOANA is a Breathtakingly Beautiful Film Worthy of Disney ClassicsBWW Review: MOANA is a Breathtakingly Beautiful Film Worthy of Disney Classics BWW Interview: Donna Lynne Champlin Previews Paula's Turn in Season 2 of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
    BWW Interview: Donna Lynne Champlin Previews CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Season 2

    Become a Fan, Follower & Subscriber

               Facebook Like Follow

       

    Advertisement Advertisement